Joseph “Joe” Berry, a resident of Dothan, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at his residence. He was 87.
Services will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 1 pm in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chuck Spivey officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Joe was born in Houston County, Alabama on December 6, 1929 and lived in the Kinsey and Dothan area his whole life. He was employed with Ansell as a mechanic for over 20 years until his retirement in 1994. Mr. Berry enjoyed playing bluegrass music with a special friend, Wayne Taylor, of Elba, Alabama. In 1984, he played at the World Fair in New Orleans with his longtime friend, Doug Booth and at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA. Following his retirement, Joe loved to farm, and his pastime was restoring his classic John Deere tractor. Joe was a kid at heart, he loved camping, fishing, riding his motorcycle on Sunday afternoons and spending time with his family. If Joe Berry was your friend, you knew you had a friend you could count on; to know Joe was to love Joe.
Mr. Berry was preceded in death by his parents, Thelbert and Stella Berry; his daughter, Nancy Berry Martin; his grandson, Cade Monk; a brother, Wayne Berry; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Richard Crowell; and a brothers-in-law, Lee Kirkland and Doc Shumack.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Jewell Berry; children, Don (Lynda) Berry, Wendell Berry, Gail (Jeff) Monk and Sandy (James) Roney; grandchildren, Joseph Berry, Jessica Johnson and Jared Monk; great grandson, Bryson Johnson; and his brothers and sisters, Lawson (Nita) Berry, Sybil Shumack and Glenda Kirkland.